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  • Pienaar (36), Saha (45 pen)
  • Date:2010-01-16
  • Kick-off:17:30
  • Venue:Goodison Park
  • Attendance:37378
  • Referee:Marriner, A

Live Commentary

90mins

City suffer their first defeat under Roberto Mancini. They were well-beaten today by an Everton team that was excellent in all areas.

90mins

17-year-old Jose Baxter comes on for Landon Donovan.

90mins

Three minutes of stoppage time will be played.

89mins

City push forward in the search of a dramatic finish, but they again run out of ideas - the visitors have created very little today.

87mins

Pablo Zabaleta is nut-megged by Leighton Baines, soon after Bellamy was beaten by a fine piece of skill by Fellaini - Everton's fans are enjoying the close to this match.

85mins

Everton win yet another corner. Baines delivers but City manage to clear at the near post.

83mins

James Vaughan comes on for Louis Saha.

81mins

An inch-perfect cross by Baines is met firmly by Cahill, but the bar denies him - Everton have hit the woodwork three times in this second half.

80mins

City's brief resurgence has petered out - Everton are finishing stronger.

78mins

Marouane Fellaini forces Given into a sharp save from the resulting corner, the City keeper pushing the header onto the bar.

77mins

A Landon Donovan corner falls to Steven Pienaar on the edge of the area, but Kompany deflects behind.

75mins

A Diniyar Bilyaletdinov cross loops onto the City crossbar, but Given had it covered.

73mins

Time is running out for City, who are gradually improving, but it appears to be too little too late. They have been second-best today.

70mins

Sylvain Distin is replaced by Seamus Coleman.

68mins

City lazily lose possession in their own half and concede a corner as Donovan's cross is deflected behind. City clear the corner.

66mins

A better spell for City nearly ends with a chance for Bellamy, but the final pass is not good enough.

64mins

Wright-Phillips threatens to break in Everton's half, but Phil Neville makes a well-timed challenge.

62mins

Landon Donovan is tripped by Bellamy, but Andre Marriner keeps his cards in his pocket.

60mins

Substitute is substituted - Robinho is replaced by Shaun Wright-Phillips.

57mins

The match is lacking the tempo of the first half - the onus is on City to go on the attack.

55mins

There is a delay as Steven Pienaar receives treatment for a head injury after a collision with Micah Richards.

53mins

The Toffees have a succession of throw-ins down the City right and Baines' cross nearly causes problems at the near post, but City clear.

50mins

Javier Garrido whips in a free-kick from a dangerous area, but the delivery is poor and the ball drifts straight out.

48mins

Everton start the second half well, as City struggle to impose themselves.

46mins

Gareth Barry nearly releases Craig Bellamy, but Leighton Baines does well to intercept.

45mins

The second half gets underway.

45mins

Roberto Mancini makes a half-time change, Martin Petrov making way Benjani Mwaruwari.

45mins

The half-time whistle goes soon after the penalty is scored. City need to improve dramatically after the break.

45mins

Saha smashes the spot kick down the middle of the goal and Everton get a deserved two goal lead.

45mins

Penalty to Everton! Louis Saha is fouled by Micah Richards.

45mins

Two minutes will be added. Bellamy latches onto a Nigel de Jong throughball and forces Howard into a good fingertip save - a warning for Everton.

44mins

City have a spell of possession, but they make little impression in Everton's half. The visitors will be happy for the half-time whistle to go.

42mins

Cahill chests down perfectly for Bilyaletdinov, whose stinging shot flies just wide. Everton are attacking at will and should have a larger lead.

40mins

Tim Cahill has a good chance to get that goal, but Kompany got the tackle in as the Australian dwelled on the chance.

38mins

Everton are in total charge of this match - they need a second goal to show for their dominance.

36mins

A stunning free-kick by Steven Pienaar gives Everton a deserved lead. He got that over the wall and in off Given's righthand post.

32mins

City cannot keep hold of possession, not helped by the fact Tevez is limping after returning to action.

30mins

Everton win a corner after Phil Neville bursts forward. Fellaini, back on the field, heads the cross back across goal, but Vincent Kompany heads clear.

29mins

Everton's five-man midfield is winning the battle in the middle of the pitch.

27mins

Everton are gradually getting on top, Bilyaletdinov the latest player to try his luck - his scorching effort flies just over.

26mins

Fellaini and Tevez are both off the field with knocks, but they should be fit to return.

24mins

Marouane Fellaini does well to control and shoot on the edge of City's area, but his shot flies wide.

21mins

Everton get their first corner as Donovan's shot is deflected behind. Nigel de Jong clears.

20mins

Saha plays in Donovan in an inside right channel and the American's chipped effort beats Given, but the ball drifts wide of the target. The best chance so far.

19mins

City continue to move the ball quickly and accurately - they are playing with confidence and freedom under their bew boss.

17mins

Louis Saha should also do better at the other end, mis-hitting a chance straight at Given.

15mins

Robinho has a chance to shoot from Pablo Zabaleta's cross, but the Brazilian scuffs his effort.

14mins

Petrov nearly releases Tevez, but Sylvain Distin intervenes to concede a corner.

12mins

This is a lively start at Goodison - Landon Donovan, making his home debut, crosses for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, the Russian's header lacks power and Shay Given makes a regulation save.

10mins

Tim Howard is forced into the first save of the match as Martin Petrov cuts in from the left to let fly.

9mins

Santa Cruz cannot continue, so Robinho enters the fray.

8mins

The hosts have not really got into this match yet, despite having a numerical advantage - Santa Cruz is still off the field receiving treatment.

6mins

Craig Bellamy combines well with Tevez down the Everton right, but the attack fizzles out.

4mins

Roque Santa Cruz is struggling after getting an early knock.

2mins

The in-form Carlos Tevez makes an early burst forward, but he is crowded out by two Everton defenders. City have settled quickly.

0mins

Play gets underway at Goodison Park.

0mins

City know they can strengthen their hold on fourth place after Spurs and Liverpool dropped points earlier today, but they have won only one of their last 10 matches at Goodison Park.

0mins

Roberto Mancini brings in Roque Santa Cruz for Benjani Mwaruwari, whilst David Moyes drops Lucas Neill, who is on his way out of the club, and Leon Osman, Sylvain Distin and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov the players to come in.

Match Preview

Everton's recent revival faces a tough test on Saturday evening when fourth-placed Manchester City make the short trip to Goodison Park.

Since Roberto Mancini replaced Mark Hughes in the Eastlands hot-seat, City have won four successive games, although victories against Stoke City, Wolves, Middlesbrough and Blackburn have not come as too much of a surprise.

However, Monday's 4-1 victory against Rovers did lift City back into the top four with the in-form Carlos Tevez grabbing a hat-trick to bring his goal tally in his last seven Premier League games to ten.

That success came without Emmanuel Adebayor, who has been told he can have as much time off as he wants as he recovers from the horror of the attack on the Togo team bus last week, and Kolo Toure who remains at the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast.

In addition, Mancini has a raft of injury problems to contend with as Robinho, Micah Richards (both groin), Roque Santa Cruz, Nedum Onuoha (both calf), Stephen Ireland (hamstring), Shaun Wright-Phillips (ankle), Joleon Lescott, Michael Johnson and Wayne Bridge (all knee) are all currently sidelined.

Everton's season has also been blighted by a lengthy injury list but their squad is slowly starting to look stronger.

Seven players - Tony Hibbert, Jack Rodwell, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Distin, Victor Anichebe, Phil Jagielka and Mikel Arteta - once again miss out but the Everton treatment room is finally emptying.

Joseph Yobo, Ayegbeni Yakubu are currently in Angola with the rest of the Nigeria squad as they attempt to win the Africa Cup of Nations.

Moyes' side should have beaten Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last weekend before eventually having to settle for a 2-2 draw but there were lots of reason for optimism.

That result followed promising recent displays in the 3-3 draw at Chelsea and 2-2 draw against Tottenham and extended their recent unbeaten run in the Premier League to six matches, stretching back to the Merseyside derby defeat in November.

That sequence has left Everton only four points behind ninth-placed Fulham and a strong second half to the campaign should see them finish in a comfortable mid-table spot at worse.


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Match Report

Steven Pienaar and Louis Saha were the heroes as Everton defied the form-book with a comfortable 2-0 win over Manchester City.

Roberto Mancini's side headed into the Everton clash on the back of five consecutive victories but an impressive first-half display from the Toffees was enough to secure the three points.

The diminutive South African Pienaar bagged the first after 36 minutes with a curled free-kick before Saha made it two on the stroke of half-time.

Everton piled the pressure on their big-spending opponents from the first whistle and might have taken the lead after 26 minutes but Shay Given was equal to Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's left-footed half-volley.

But the home fans didn't have to wait much longer for their opening goal with Pienaar's measured 20-yard free-kick doing the damage.

Former Manchester United frontman Saha was brought down by Pablo Zabaleta and Pienaar curled the free-kick through a hole in the wall and past Given.

And on the stroke of half-time Saha made it two from the spot. Micah Richards was adjudged to have pulled Saha's shirt and the Frenchman made no mistake from the spot.

Tim Cahill should have extended Everton's lead on 46 minutes when he headed just wide from Phil Neville's long throw.

City almost scored from an impressive counter-attacking move after Shaun Wright-Phillips picked up the ball from an Everton corner and started a move that ended up with Craig Bellamy firing wide.

Bellamy then sent Gareth Barry scampering clear on 74 minutes but his cross from the left was comfortably taken by Tim Howard.

Everton might have had three when Marouane Fellaini's thumping header was touched on to the crossbar by Given.

And the dominant Toffees hit the woodwork again late on when Cahill headed against the post from Leighton Baines' cross.

Everton

Manchester City

Corners

113

Fouls

1415

Goal attempts

138

Shots off target

74

Offsides

31

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